Second year undergraduates in a chemistry lab session, Chemistry building, University Park. November 5th 2021.

Medicinal and Biological Chemistry MSci

University Park Campus, Nottingham, UK

Course overview

Chemistry plays an important role in our society. It is central to developing drugs, creating vaccines and treating illnesses.

You will explore the interplay between chemistry and biology to develop an understanding of human disease and drug design. The course focuses on core chemistry with modules in physiology and pharmacology. In these modules, you’ll learn about drug delivery, metabolism and targeting, drug structures and toxicities and cancer agents.

On this integrated masters degree, the fourth year includes masters-level modules and a major research project. You can choose from a wide range of areas in chemistry for what your own project will be on, depending on your interests or career aspirations. You’ll benefit from the active research and latest insight of our research groups, as well as using state of the art facilities and equipment.

 

Indicative modules

Mandatory

Year 1

Introduction to Structure, Periodicity and Coordination Chemistry

Mandatory

Year 1

Introduction to Spectroscopy, Energy and Bonding in Chemistry

Mandatory

Year 1

Introduction to Organic Molecules and their Reactivity

Mandatory

Year 1

Foundation Laboratory Work

Mandatory

Year 1

Chemistry Study Skills

Mandatory

Year 1

Calculations in Chemistry

Mandatory

Year 1

Human Physiology

Optional

Year 1

Molecules of Life

Optional

Year 1

Introduction to Green Chemistry and Processing

Optional

Year 1

Frontiers in Chemistry

Optional

Year 1

Mathematical Toolkit

Mandatory

Year 2

General Inorganic Chemistry

Mandatory

Year 2

Synthesis and Spectroscopy

Mandatory

Year 2

Core Laboratory Work

Mandatory

Year 2

Energy, Spectroscopy and Solid State Chemistry

Mandatory

Year 2

Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics

Mandatory

Year 2

Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Biology

Mandatory

Year 3

Catalysis, Bioinorganic and Supramolecular Chemistry

Mandatory

Year 3

Catalysis

Mandatory

Year 3

Chemical Bonding and Reactivity

Mandatory

Year 3

Organometallic and Asymmetric Synthesis

Mandatory

Year 3

Synthesis and Reactive Intermediates

Mandatory

Year 3

Solids, Interfaces and Surfaces

Mandatory

Year 3

Contemporary Drug Discovery

Mandatory

Year 3

BSc Chemistry Project

Optional

Year 3

Chemical Biology and Enzymes

Optional

Year 3

Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

Optional

Year 3

Protein Folding and Biospectroscopy

Optional

Year 3

Molecular Microbiology and CRISPR Systems

Optional

Year 3

Structure Determination Methods

Optional

Year 3

Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Optional

Year 3

Prospects for Personalised Medicine

Mandatory

Year 4

MSci Chemistry Research Project

Optional

Year 4

Advanced Physical Chemistry

Optional

Year 4

Contemporary Organic Synthesis

Optional

Year 4

Nucleic Acids and Bioorganic Mechanisms

Optional

Year 4

Inorganic and Materials Chemistry

Optional

Year 4

Molecular Interactions and Supramolecular Assembly

Optional

Year 4

Enterprise for Scientists

Optional

Year 4

Advanced Biocatalysis, Biosynthesis and Chemical Biology

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About modules

The above is a sample of the typical modules we offer, but is not intended to be construed or relied on as a definitive list of what might be available in any given year. This content was last updated on Tuesday 3 October 2023.

Teaching methods

  • Computer labs
  • Lab sessions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

An overall mark of 55% or above for the second year is required to progress into the third year of the MSci degree. Students who do not meet this criterion may be considered for transfer onto Year 3 of the Chemistry BSc or Medicinal and Biological Chemistry BSc programme.

Your final degree classification will be based on marks gained for your second and subsequent years of study. Year two is worth 20% with years three and four worth 40% each.

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Group project
  • Lab reports
  • Research project
  • Written exam

There are typically 10 lectures in addition to 8 to 10 hours of laboratory classes per week.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you through your studies and help you make the most of the opportunities available at Nottingham. Your personal tutor will guide your personal and academic development, offering you help, encouragement and guidance.

Core modules are typically delivered by professors, assistant professors or associate professors.

Our graduates can find roles in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and drink, and energy sectors. This course will develop your skills in practical and theoretical chemistry, data-analysis and problem-solving. These skills are also valuable for careers in finance, education and the media.

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Boots
  • Cancer Research
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • HSBC
  • NHS
  • Unilever

Many students continue their studies in chemistry or a related discipline working towards a PhD degree. Read our chemistry alumni profiles to see what careers some of our recent graduates have gone into.

Average starting salary and career progression

89.00% of undergraduates from the School of Chemistry secured employment or further study within 15 months of graduation. The average annual salary for these graduates was £26,216.

HESA Graduate Outcomes (2017-2021 cohorts). The Graduate Outcomes % is calculated using The Guardian University Guide methodology. The average annual salary is based on graduates working full-time within the UK.

Studying for a degree at the University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take.

Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers (Ranked in the top ten in The Graduate Market in 2013-2020, High Fliers Research).

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